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Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership



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Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
5267 University of Oregon

Department Head:
Jerry Tindal, PhD
Castle-McIntosh-Knight Professor

Department Overview

The Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL) focuses on development, implementation, and achievement of results in the organization and management of K–12 education. EMPL provides researchers and practitioners with the latest methodologies for ensuring effective student learning and professional development in our nation's K–12 school system.

Programs provide educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers with the skills needed to design and implement strategies that improve practices in educational organizations. Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions:

  • Principals and superintendents
  • Supervisors
  • Specialists in technology and curriculum
  • Administrators in middle and secondary schools and college-level institutions (community colleges, four-year colleges, research universities, and international agencies)
  • Consultants with school districts
  • Researchers in management, leadership, and educational policy

Our PhD program requires full-time study on campus and provides graduates with an array of methodological and analytical skills necessary to create knowledge for understanding how K–12 educational systems work.

Our master's and doctor of education (DEd) programs are designed for working professionals and focus on understanding problems of practice.

Wondering which type of doctoral degree is right for you? This video explains the differences between our PhD and DEd programs.


The Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) specialization is a rigorous training program designed to build serious expertise in quantitative methodology, including applied educational statistics and research design.

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The PhD in Quantitative Research Methods in Education develops expertise in educational research and is intended for those who wish to pursue careers as researchers in educational organizations or as professors of education specializing in research.

The DEd program focuses on development, implementation, and generation of outcomes in K–12 educational organizations. The program provides practicing educational professionals with an advanced graduate degree that emphasizes leadership development, oral and written communication, and understanding of educational assessment and research. **Not accepting applications for 2019-20.**

Master's degrees in Educational Leadership (EDLD) through EMPL focus on the development, implementation, and generation of improved outcomes in the organization and management of K-12 education. The degree is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers in student support services, staff and community relations, program coordination, or advising positions.

The University of Oregon Administrator Licensure Program (ALP) offers preliminary (PreAL) and professional (ProAL) administrator licensure and concurrent degree programs in Eugene and via distance synchronous option. Most programs have a hybrid model of instruction. The combination of online classes and classroom instruction provides students from every part of Oregon with the opportunity to work with both nationally recognized College of Education faculty and exemplary administrators.